Diamond Hawks rally to beat Dayton in season opener
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Sports)–Freshman Ron Evans homered and drove in four runs, including the game-winner, as UNCW rallied in the bottom of the ninth for a season-opening 10-9 win over Dayton on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks gave new head coach Randy Hood his first career win while the Flyers fell to 1-1 with a split of their doubleheader. UD knocked off Bryant, 9-2, in the day’s opening game.
UNCW trailed 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth and opened the inning with a pair of walks. Matt Suggs knocked in the first run with a single and freshman Jac Croom tied with a RBI single up the middle. Another walk loaded the bases and with one out, Evans worked a nine-pitch walk to force in the winning run.
UNCW’s Branden Kunz (1-0) picked up the win with a clean inning of relief while Nate Espelin (0-1) took the loss for Dayton.
UD’s Riley Tirotta and Marcos Pujols both collected three hits to lead UD, who out-hit the Seahawks, 14-12.